The Velo-Dog was a pocket revolver originally created in France by Charles-François Galand in the late 1800s as a defense for cyclists against dog attacks. The name is a portmanteau of "velocipede" and "dog".
Surviving examples vary considerably in appearance, but all have certain features in common. All have short barrels and fired the 5.75 mm (.22 calibre) Velo-dog cartridge. The hammer is shrouded to avoid its snagging on clothing, so the weapon is double action only. Another unusual feature is the lack of a Trigger guard and a trigger that folds into the body of the gun when not in use.
The revolver uses the 5.75mm Velo-dog cartridge, a centrefire 5.5 mm (nominally 5.75) cartridge slightly less powerful than the 22 Long Rifle, using a jacketed bullet. For the more humane, there were cartridges loaded with spice or salt. The cartridge is, or was until very recently, still made by Fiocchi.
In popular cultureEdit
- A Velo-dog makes a minor appearance as an assassin's concealable pistol in the novel The Death of Achilles, one of Boris Akunin's Erast Fandorin series.
- ↑ Barnes. Cartridges of the World (tenth ed.). pp. 300.